Nebraska is booming with growing sports tech startups like ScoreVision, Hudl and opendorse. It’s also home to a long-running history of college and Minor League Baseball.
Werner Park and the Omaha Storm Chasers are bringing the two worlds together on June 5 with Tech Me Out to the Ballgame, an afternoon of sports tech and baseball.
Tech Me Out to the Ballgame is inspired by an Arizona Diamondbacks event that Concentric Corporation founder Andy Hawkins attended while in Phoenix.
“We thought it would be a great way to push the envelope as a minor league baseball [organization] and create an event like this here in Omaha,” said Cody Smoot, Group Sales Executive for the Storm Chasers. “With us being in the sports industry, we wanted it to center around the sports technology world.”
Green is involved in the local tech scene and is an investor in Xperial, which is an ideal partnership for the event.
“Xperial is working heavily with Major League Baseball right now creating the ‘stadium of the future,’” said Smoot. “They’re integrating a lot of technology into the stadiums so each fan can have a different experience from the touch of their phone.”
Smoot said it’s only a matter of time before the technology extends beyond the MLB.
“That’s potentially going to come to not only minor league baseball, but Omaha soon,” said Smoot. “Werner park is going to be a fully-interactive stadium within the next ten years. It’s going to be a different experience and a different game right now.”
Tech and sports fans can learn more about what’s in store for the future of baseball by attending Tech Me Out to the Ballgame’s presentations:
Microsoft and Werner
How Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things is rapidly changing the transportation industry
The Stadium of the Future: How we can use emerging technologies such as augmented reality and the Internet of Things to provide new forms of digital fan engagement in a stadium
Building Sports Tech Companies in the Silicon Prairie, with opendorse CEO and Co-founder Blake Lawrence
Attendees will have the option of picking two presentations to engage with. Afterward, there will be a networking happy hour presented by CambiumData, followed by dinner and a Storm Chasers baseball game.
This is the first time Werner and the Omaha Storm Chasers have held an event like this, but everyone involved hopes it will be the start of a new sports tech tradition in the area.
“We’re excited for it,” said Smoot. “Hopefully, down the road, this will be a growing event, and it will be a whole night full of tech and sports.
Tickets to Tech Me Out to the Ballgame are limited and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or calling 402-738-5138.